Oracle Products

FOI request reference: F0042996
Publication date: September 2015

Request:

Dear National Archives,

  1. Do you currently make use of any Oracle products? If so, which?
  2. What is the quantity of licensed users split by each Oracle product used by your organisation?
  3. What is the value of your current Oracle contracts, split by product?
  4. Do you outsource your Oracle projects, services or maintenance to an external supplier? If so, whom? When does that contract expire?
  5. In 2013, the Cabinet Office appointed an Open Standards Board to drive the use of Open Source across Government. Which Open Source databases have you (a) deployed since 2013 and (b) have firm plans to deploy within the next 18 months as alternatives to Oracle products?

Please note, by Oracle products I mean commercially licensed Oracle software products, for example any of the Oracle Database products (https://www.oracle.com/database/products.html) or any of their Middleware products such as Oracle WebLogic.

Please treat this as three individual Freedom of Information requests covering National Archives, Office of Public Sector Information and HM Stationery Office. In other words, please provide information for each, but separate each agency’s data.

Outcome:

Successful

Response:

  1. Do you currently make use of any Oracle products? If so, which?

    The National Archives makes use of the following Oracle products:

    – Oracle Database Standard Edition One
    – Oracle Solaris Cluster, Enterprise Edition
    – StorageTek Storage Archive Manager
    – StorageTek Tape Analytics

    2. What is the quantity of licensed users split by each Oracle product used by your organisation?

    The National Archives has 40 licensed users for the Oracle Database Standard Edition One. All other Oracle products are not licensed by the user.

    3. What is the value of your current Oracle contracts, split by product?

    The values of our current Oracle products are as follows:

    – Oracle Database Standard Edition One – £1263.96 ex VAT
    – Oracle Solaris Cluster, Enterprise Edition – £5083.41 ex VAT
    – StorageTek Storage Archive Manager – £17022.78 ex VAT
    – StorageTek Tape Analytics – £979.74 ex VAT

    4. Do you outsource your Oracle projects, services or maintenance to an external supplier? If so, whom? When does that contract expire?

    Maintenance for the Oracle Database Standard Edition One product is provided directly by Oracle. Maintenance for the Oracle Solaris Cluster, Enterprise Edition, StorageTek Storage Archive Manager and StorageTek Tape Analytics products is outsourced to SCC (Specialist Computer Centres PLC). The contract for these products expires during Q4 of FY2015-16.

    5. In 2013, the Cabinet Office appointed an Open Standards Board to drive the use of Open Source across Government. Which Open Source databases have you (a) deployed since 2013 and (b) have firm plans to deploy within the next 18 months as alternatives to Oracle products?

    Since 2013 The National Archives have deployed a MySQL database in the development environment. The National Archives have no firm plans during the next 18 months to deploy this in the test or production environments.

    In your request you also asked for the above information in relation to the Office of Public Sector Information and HM Stationery Office. The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. We incorporate the Office of Public Sector Information and Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. The trading operations of HMSO were privatised in 1996 with the policy remit remaining within government in the Cabinet Office. HMSO, as part of the Office of Public Sector Information, merged with The National Archives in 2006 when they transferred from the Cabinet Office. The responsibilities sit within the wider National Archives and the Information Policy and Services Directorate. I can confirm that they do not use any Oracle products so no additional information is held by them.

    If you would like to learn more about the role of The National Archives please visit the following page:

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/our-role.htm